Jamaica star set for West Indies Test selection vs Sri Lanka after outstanding display

Jordan Carlisle March 11, 2021
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Jamaica star John Cambell is in line for West Indies Test selection against Sri Lanka after an outstanding display in a trial match.

Campbell was one of many players from around the region to take part in a ‘Best vs Best’ game at Coolidge Cricket Ground this week.

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The left-hander made his Test debut against England in Bridgetown in 2019 and has since racked up 13 appearances in the format.

However, he’s yet to cement his spot in the West Indies team.

Campbell only averages 24.86 and has a high score of 68 from 26 Test innings.

Jamaica star set for West Indies Test selection

Failing to convert starts into big scores has been a major problem for him in the international arena, but he went big at CCG earlier this week.

Opening the batting for Team Chase in the first innings, the Jamaica star reined in his natural attacking instincts in the early stages before cashing in against a relatively strong Team Brathwaite bowling attack that featured Preston McSween, Jayden Seales and West Indies’ no.1 spinner, Rahkeem Cornwall.

Campbell scored 129 from 253 deliveries, spending over five hours at the crease.

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It was a mature and impressive knock from the 27-year-old, who struck fifteen fours and two sixes.

He then backed up his century with a composed 55 from 118 balls in the second innings but his side were skittled for 113 and they eventually lost to Team Brathwaite by four wickets.

With rivals Shayne Moseley and Kieran Powell both failing to take their chances to impress, Campbell now looks nailed on to open the batting for West Indies alongside Brathwaite in the two-Test series against Sri Lanka.

Fellow Jamaica player Nkrumah Bonner impressed on the recent tour of Bangladesh and will be hoping to join him in the XI, but with the likes of Roston Chase and Shimron Hetmyer back available, he faces stiff competition to make it into the middle order.

Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.